While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits. What better way to enjoy your pumpkin, than in a Pumpkin Smoothie!
Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkin is nutritious and has links to many health benefits.
- Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A.
- Pumpkin contains the antioxidants alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and many others, which may protect your cells against damage by free radicals.
- Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron, and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.
- Pumpkins’ high vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin contents may protect your eyes against sight loss, which becomes more common with age. folate may strengthen your immunity as well.
- Pumpkin is full of nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite.
- Pumpkins contain carotenoids, which function as antioxidants. These compounds have links to lower risks of stomach, throat, pancreas, and breast cancers.
- Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, which have links to heart health benefits.
- Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock. It also contains vitamins C and E, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help keep your skin strong and healthy.
- Pumpkin, once sliced and cut, can be easily roasted, puréed into soup or baked into pies. Its seeds are also edible and highly nutritious.
Enjoy this delicious and nutritious pumpkin smoothie 🙂